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Scoop Top 30 Daily Ratings 16 May 2008 (Friday)

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1: Does Burma Need The Humanitarian Intervention?

Naing Ko Ko

Naing Ko Ko writes: States are now understood to be instruments at the service of their peoples, and not vice versa. Individual sovereignty is enshrined in the charter of the UN. But it is totally lacked in my native Burma.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00207.htm


2: Curtain Time for Barack Obama - Part III
Evelyn Pringle

Three days after the Chicago Sun-Times reported that Aiham Alsammarae, the former electricity minister convicted of corruption in Iraq, put up $2.7 million in property to help raise $8.5 million to free Tony Rezko from jail in Chicago, the Times reported ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00213.htm


3: Chinese Earthquake Victims Fear Second Disaster Lo
Jon Stephenson

Foreign correspondent Jon Stephenson is in Dujiangyan, China, which is about 100 kilometres from Wenchuan, the epicentre of Monday's 7.9-magnitude quake. He filed the following images taken at the Juyuan Middle School in Juyuan Township where 900 ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00211.htm


4: Air New Zealand to establish Aviation Academy
Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand is to establish an aviation academy to develop and nurture home-grown pilots, cabin crew, engineers and specialist airline management staff.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00326.htm


5: Undernews For May 15, 2008
Undernews

Now that the canonization of Barack Obama, aided by his media acolytes, has slowed a bit, it may be considered less than blasphemy to examine what this circus hath wrought. After all, at some point, even in a mythological age, reality raises its ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00216.htm


6: Missing Israeli Tourist, Liat Okin
New Zealand Police

Police have flown into the Routeburn Track area this morning after the discovery of items belonging to missing Israeli tourist, Liat Okin, in dense bush near the track.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/AK0805/S00160.htm


7: www.mccully.co.nz - 15 May 2008
New Zealand National Party

Day after day over the past week, New Zealanders have been forcibly reminded of the appalling destruction wreaked by Cyclone Nargis at the top of each media bulletin, and on the front pages of most newspapers. And we have also been reminded of the ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00297.htm


8: Questions And Answers - Thursday 15 May 2006
Office of the Clerk

1. Hon BILL ENGLISH (Deputy Leader—National) to the Minister of Finance: What is the Government’s best estimate of the full and final cost, inclusive of any subsidies, discounts, or loans, of its purchase of Toll NZ’s rail and ferry business?
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00278.htm


9: ACT & NZF donation returns
Electoral Commission

Duly completed donation returns and accompanying auditors reports were received today from ACT New Zealand (One anon donation of $16,000) and New Zealand First (Nil).
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00237.htm


10: $35m Shared Equity pilot funded in Budget 2008
New Zealand Government

Budget 2008 will fund a two year Shared Equity pilot to assist up to 700 households into starter homes, Housing Minister Maryan Street announced today. The government is investing $35 million in capital into the pilot, which will be restricted to homes ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00280.htm


11: Horta’s vision for East Timor
Nina Hall

President José Ramos Horta has been in the news for all the wrong reasons in the past few months after an attempt on his life that left him close to death. He has recently surfaced from a coma and from the problems his country faces. I spoke with ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00200.htm


12: BNZ Weekly By Chief Economist Tony Alexander
BNZ Weekly

It has been another good week for exporters with the NZD falling to 77.6 cents following weaker than expected retailing numbers this morning. All the evidence shows that after four and a half years of raising then maintaining high interest rates the Reserve ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00315.htm


13: Peters reveals boost for feature race stakes
New Zealand Government

New Zealand’s premier horse races are set for a significant lift in prizemoney as a result of a Budget 2008 initiative, Racing Minister Winston Peters announced tonight.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00277.htm


14: 95bFM: Mikey & John Key's Political Roundup
Scoop Audio

95bFM Audio : Mikey Havoc talks to National Party leader John Key about arts and culture funding, Nat's plans to crackdown on New Zealand's 'P Problem', petrol, the upcoming budget and an election date.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00205.htm


15: Toll leaks must alarm Michael Cullen
New Zealand National Party

“In the run up to the Budget, Michael Cullen must be alarmed by the information which appears to be leaking out of his office about the deal to buy Toll’s rail business,” says National Party Finance spokesman Bill English.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00225.htm


16: U.S.-Vietnam Cooperation On Agent Orange Issues
US State Department

"We understand that the Vietnamese people are concerned with the perceived negative health effects of exposure to Agent Orange and its contaminant, dioxin. At the same time, the United States does not recognize any legal liability for damages."
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/WO0805/S00221.htm


17: iPod And iPhone Connectivity Now Available
Singapore Airlines

Singapore Airlines First to Offer iPod Integration Through In-Flight Entertainment System, KrisWorld Singapore Airlines announced the first-ever flights featuring iPod and iPhone connectivity on KrisWorld starting this week on its newly reconfigured, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00320.htm


18: Final Press Council Decision: Investigate Magazine
Air New Zealand

Air New Zealand today welcomed the New Zealand Press Council’s reconfirmation of its decision upholding the airline’s complaint against Investigate magazine over inaccuracies in its September 2007 cover story on charter flights.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/BU0805/S00311.htm


19: Review Of Pacific Division To Be Wide-Ranging
Department Of Labour

The Department of Labour is undertaking a wide-ranging and comprehensive review of the Pacific Division within the Work Force group.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00235.htm


20: Goff: Speech at Japan – NZ Partnership Forum
New Zealand Government

Firstly, let me congratulate the International Business Forum for its initiative in convening this forum, our co-Chairs Mr Miyauchi and Philip Burdon, for leading discussions, the Japan – New Zealand Business Council, the Japan Chamber of Commerce, ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00303.htm


21: Kiwi Party congratulates Jim Anderton
The Kiwi Party

The Kiwi Party May 16,2008 Kiwi Party congratulates Jim Anderton for Great Barrier decision
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00253.htm


22: Executive Producer Announced for Nine to Noon
Radio New Zealand Limited

Radio New Zealand has appointed an experienced award winning journalist and media adviser as Executive Producer for the high profile Nine to Noon current affairs programme on Radio New Zealand National.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/CU0805/S00169.htm


23: Vice-Chancellors’ Committee assertions unfortunate
New Zealand Government

Tertiary Education Minister Pete Hodgson said today the New Zealand Vice-Chancellors’ Committee assertions are unfortunate because in the 15 years to 2006 funding for universities has not declined but rather has increased by 87%.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00265.htm


24: Red Cross Update: Myanmar
NZ Red Cross

Predictions of heavy rain for areas of the cyclone hit Irrawaddy delta could further exacerbate the situation for thousands of Cyclone Nargis survivors, warns the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00241.htm


25: Indian Culture and Social Life
Dr. Ravindra Kumar

Indian Culture is one of the ancient cultures of the world and due to certain unique features; it is still before us in its original form. Similarly, Indian social life has had an identity of its own and for centuries, it has taught many lessons to mankind. ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/HL0805/S00214.htm


26: Recycled policy gets reheated - again
New Zealand National Party

National Party Housing spokesman Phil Heatley says Labour’s pre-Budget ‘shared equity’ announcement is a “recycled policy reheated” for election year. “Labour campaigned strongly on shared equity ahead of the 2005 election. This is taking recycling ...
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00287.htm


27: Nearly $1 mil worth of antibiotics wasted
New Zealand National Party

National Party Health spokesman Tony Ryall says the Labour Government's legacy of waste in the health sector has been laid bare with figures showing nearly $1 million worth of antibiotics have been poured down the drain.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00260.htm


28: Ban the Burger Ad - Excuse the Violence
Family First

Family First NZ is labelling a restriction on television ads for so-called 'unhealthy foods and drinks' as politically correct and ideological nonsense.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00248.htm


29: Cullen Speech: Pre-budget address to the CMA
New Zealand Government

It is a pleasure to be back here in Christchurch giving my annual pre-Budget speech to the Canterbury Manufacturers Association.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PA0805/S00250.htm


30: Tibetan protests suspended due to Earthquake
Friends of Tibet

The Tibetan Government-in exile has requested that in light of the recent earthquake in China, all protests by Tibetans and Tibet supporters against the Chinese government be suspended until the end of May.
http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/PO0805/S00258.htm

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